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Published: October 24, 2012 | 10:14 am
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DAVID LUIZ confessed he was ‘shocked’ by Chelsea’s performance as the European champs crashed to defeat.
This beating leaves the Blues in a precarious position in Group E and the Brazilian defender admitted: I don’t know what happened.
Luiz said: “We didn’t play well and it is a shock following some good performances in the Champions League. Sometimes you can’t play well, tonight was that.”
Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho gave Shakhtar a 2-0 lead at the Donbass Arena and although Oscar pulled one back with just two minutes to go, the defending champions could not force an equaliser.

It means the Ukrainians have deservedly taken charge of Group E in the first of what could be a crucial double-header.

And Luiz added: “I don’t know why we were so poor. Shakhtar played really intelligently and didn’t give us the opportunities to win the game.

“We have now only won one game in the Champions League this season. Congratulations to Shakhtar. Now we have to think about the next game.”

John Terry’s Chelsea return went awry and the Blues were only spared dropping out of the qualification places by Juventus’ shock draw at Nordsjaelland.

Terry’s first appearance since accepting his racism ban got off to the worst possible start as he unwittingly set up Shakhtar’s opener inside three minutes.
But he was arguably the least culpable Chelsea player on a night which cost the Premier League leaders dear.

The defeat was their first since their UEFA Super Cup thrashing by Atletico Madrid and the performance was almost as alarming at times as they were carved open by an outstanding Shakhtar side.
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Former Blues star Ray Wilkins blasted: “They were all at sea tonight.

“Chelsea’s passing wasn’t swift, accurate or quick. They gave the ball away far too easily.”

The build-up to the game was predictably dominated by Terry’s return, the timing of which was quite extraordinary.
It not only coincided with his four-match domestic ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, but came a year to the day since the offence took place and also saw him take part in an initiative in which he wore a ‘Unite Against Racism’ armband.
And it was a nightmare start for the former England captain as the home side scored from their first attack after two minutes and 53 seconds.
Luiz Adriano’s shot hit Terry’s elbow and fell perfectly for Teixeira to slot past a helpless Petr Cech.
It got worse for the visitors when Frank Lampard went down with a calf injury, which will be scanned today.
Shakhtar were gifted their second in the 52nd minute when Fernandinho slotted home past Cech.

Oscar’s late goal was scant consolation.
Boss Roberto Di Matteo said: “I think we just have to look at this performance as a single one. Shakhtar are a very strong team and showed it tonight.

“The first goal in such a game is so important. It was a little bit lucky coming from a ricochet — but it played into their hands and unsettled us.

“For the second goal we got caught in possession and they punished us on the break. We certainly have to do better in those situations as a team.”


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